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The thin, usually adjustable leg of a cello or double bass.
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A cello can look an awkward instrument and looks are not always deceptive - my schoolboy tussles with the endpin came flooding back - but Miss Hecker was clearly at one with hers despite a disparity in ages (she is 28, it is 150).
It also answers questions, such as why the oboe leads the tuning and why they share music stands, and includes tiny, but important, details such as the fact that a rubber endpin slightly dampens the sound of a cello.